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Remodel Creates Bright Modern Home Behind a Victorian Facade

The Aussies are still at it with their "party in the back" game. Here, the classic Victorian facade of this 16-foot-wide inner city Melbourne home belie the dramatically modern revamp in the rear. Australian firm Dan Gayfer Design preserved two original rooms in the front, but went decidedly bright and modern for the rest of it, creating an open dining area, kitchen, and living room sequence that leads straight to the glass walls and backyard.

A few rad details include concrete kitchen countertops that seem to flow right into the concrete floor of the living area, plus a small built-in wine rack underneath the staircase. Also built-in are plenty of cozy seating along the edge of the yard and the upper level terrace. Elsewhere, pastel tile makes a pretty theme.